- Juan Gómez González
Football manager infobox
playername = Juanito
fullname = Juan Gómez González
November 10, 1954
dateofdeath = death date and age|1992|4|2|1954|11|10
height = height|m = 1.69
weight = 68 kg
position = Forward
youthclubs = Aspes
UD Fuengirola (Juveniles)
years = 1972-1974
Burgos CF("loan") Burgos CF
nationalyears = 1976-1982
nationalteam = Spain
nationalcaps(goals) = 34 (14)
manageryears = 1991-1992
managerclubs = CP Mérida
Juan Gómez González (born Fuengirola,
Málaga, November 10, 1954; died April 2, 1992), commonly referred to as Juanito, was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward for Atlético Madrid, Burgos CF, Real Madrid, CD Málagaand Spain. He was also briefly coach at CP Méridabefore he died in a road accident. During his Real career, Juanito wore the number 7 shirt and Real supporters still sing "Illa, Illa, Illa... Juanito Maravilla" ("Wonderfull Juanito") during the seventh minute of games in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Juanito played as a youth with local club, Fuengirola before joining
Atlético Madridin 1972. While still underage, he allegedly forged his papers so he could play for the U18 Atlético team. He scored twice on his debut, but a fractured tibiaended his career at Atlético and he never played for the senior team. He revived his career at Burgos CF, helping them win the Segunda Divisiónin 1975/76. He made his La Ligadebut with Burgos CF in a 2-1 win over RCD Español at the start of the 1976/77 season and was eventually awarded Spanish Footballer of the Year by "Don Balón" .
Juanito soon attracted the attention of Real Madrid who he signed for in 1977. He became a prominent member of the successful Real side during the late 1970s and 1980s and his team mates included among others Santillana,
Uli Stielike, Vicente Del Bosqueand José Antonio Camacho. Among the trophies Juanito helped Real win were five La Ligatitles, two Copa del Reyand two UEFA Cups. Among his personal highlights were scoring twice in the 1980 Copa del Reyfinal in 6-1 win over Castilla CF. In 1983 he scored a penalty for Real in the European Cup Winners Cup final as they lost 2-1 to Aberdeen FC. In 1983/84 he won the "Pichichi" after finishing as joint top goalscorer in La Ligawith 17 goals. During ten seasons at Real he played 287 La Ligagames and scored 85 goals. He also played 55 games in various European competitions and scored a further 17 goals.
Growing up juanito supported
Real Zaragozabut as he approached his adulthood he began supporting Real Madridand it became like a dream for him to play with the white jersey, when he was presented by Real MadridJuanito said "playing for Real Madrid is like touching the sky, Real madrid has always been my first choice as a team and madrid has always been my favorite as a city" [http://www.realmadrid.com/articulo/rma8479.htm] .
Juanito is considered by most of the
Real Madridfans to represent the escence of what Real Madrid is all about, his spirit is often called upon before matches where the team need to make a great comeback because of all the great comebacks he led while donning the white shirt, one of these great comeback was against Celtic in the quarter finals of the European competition where Real Madridlost 2-0 in the first leg in galsgow but in the second leg Real Madridlead by Juanito managed to mount a comeback scoring 3 goals (the third was juanito's) and conceding none sending them into the semifinals. Other famous comebacks where against Inter, Borussia and Anderlecht and Real Zaragozain 2006.He is remembered in every home game minute 7. Ultras , the "hooligans" for Real Madrid chant "illa illa illa Juanito Maravilla" all during the 7th minute of each home game. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvTe-VPAkX4]
Juanito also played 34 times for Spain, scoring eight goals. He represented Spain at the 1978 and 1982 World Cups and the
1980 European Football Championship. He scored a penalty for Spain in a game against Yugoslavia during the 1982 World Cup.
CD Málaga and CP Mérida
After leaving Real Madrid Juanito played for
CD Málagafor two seasons before retiring in 1989. He subsequently began a working as a coach with CP Mérida during the 1991/92 season. However on April 2 1992, after watching Real play Torino F.C.in a UEFA Cupgame, he was killed in a road accident while returning to Mérida.
*Spanish Footballer of the Year
*Spanish Championship: 5
** 1977/78 1978/79 1979/80 1985/86 1986/87
Copa del Rey: 2
** 1979/80 1981/82
UEFA Cup: 2
Copa de la Liga: 1
The Pichichi Trophy: 1
* [http://futbol.sportec.es/seleccion/ficha_jugador.asp?j=327&n=juanito/juan/gomez/gonzalez Spain stats]
* [http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/juanito-intl.html Spain stats at Rsssf]
* [http://www.rsssf.com/players/juanito-in-ec.html Real Madrid stats at Rsssf]
* [http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/spanpoy.html Spain Player of the Year]
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